Can You Sue After a Fatal Car Accident in New York?

By rcraven@razorrank.comAuto Accident

Losing a loved one in a fatal car accident is devastating. New York law allows you to sue for wrongful death. Your time to do so is limited by law, and when it comes to taking legal action, there is much to do. Understandably, time gets away from us during grief. Retaining experienced car accident attorneys as early as possible …

What is the Statute of Limitations on an NJ Car Accident?

By rcraven@razorrank.comAuto Accident

The statute of limitations is the most important deadline for your car accident lawsuit. In New Jersey, it typically expires two years from the date of the collision. However, there are some important exceptions to that rule. If you have been injured in an accident, it’s best to contact a lawyer as soon as possible, as any delay could be …

How Does Underinsured Motorist Coverage Work in New Jersey?

By Barry KantrowitzAuto Accident

After an auto accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, a driver who carries a standard insurance policy will generally be able to recover at least a portion of the damages from their insurer. However, the recovery will be limited by the policy’s coverage limits and the state’s comparative negligence rules. Also, if the driver only has a basic policy, …

How to Get a Police Report in New Jersey

By Barry KantrowitzAuto Accident

In New Jersey, almost every motor vehicle accident requires a police response. Their report would include the date and location of the collision, the vehicles involved, and the cause of the accident. Fortunately, getting a police report in New Jersey is a straightforward matter. Going to the police department in the municipality where the crash occurred during business hours is …

What Is the Most Common Cause of Car Crash Deaths in NY?

By Barry KantrowitzAuto Accident

Motor vehicle accidents are the fourth leading cause of injury-related death in New York State. Annually, 1,098 New York State residents die in collisions. There are multiple causes, including impaired driving, distracted driving, and driving under the influence. If a family member lost their life in a car accident, you could pursue a civil lawsuit to obtain justice. When you …

How Pain and Suffering Damages Are Calculated by NJ Courts

By Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, PC and Law Offices of Robert S. Dowd, Jr.Auto Accident

Pain and suffering damages would not reflect in your doctor’s bills unlike the economic damages you may suffer after an accident. In the same way, your wage statements wouldn’t show your reduced earnings. If you are injured by another person’s negligence, the mental anguish, emotional distress, and physical pain you experience are a significant component of your compensation. The NJ …

Is New York a No-Fault State?

By Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, PCAuto Accident

New York is one of twelve states that apply no-fault liability rules to auto accidents. Under those rules, a motorist’s own insurance covers his or her injuries, regardless of who caused the accident. In certain circumstances, no-fault insurance precludes the need to sue an at-fault driver to recover compensation for injuries. When those injuries are significant, however, a car accident …

How is Fault Determined in a Car Accident in New York?

By Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, PCAuto Accident

Even though New York adheres to “no fault” insurance rules in car accidents, an injured motorist can sue an at-fault driver to recover a greater measure of damages–in certain circumstances. Determining fault in those circumstances is critical because New York also follows a pure comparative fault rule. It reduces the injured party’s damages in proportion to their relative fault. The …

What to Do After a Hit and Run Accident in New Jersey?

By Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, PCAuto Accident

Hit-and-run accidents are an unfortunate reality in New Jersey. Some drivers leave the scene of a crash without realizing they were in an accident. Others are concerned about the possibility of an arrest or civil liability for an accident they cannot afford because they can be fined up to $5,000 and spend up to 180 days in jail. However, you …

What should you do if you hit an animal in New Jersey?

By Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, PCAuto Accident

If you hit an animal in New Jersey with your car, you should immediately stop. Then ascertain the extent of the animal’s injuries and report the accident to the nearest police station or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. You are required to follow this course of action by the applicable New Jersey statute. If this has …